Suzuki Motor Corporation will celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2020 – a landmark figure for any automobile manufacturer and in lieu of that, Suzuki’s theme for this year’s Tokyo Motor Show is focused around the magic three digit number. Titled as “Suzuki Next 100”, the purpose of this theme is to showcase the direction that the company is set to take in the years to come and judging from what’s set to go on display, it is apparent that Suzuki is looking at bringing an element of fun in their minicar segment. No doubt, it is time to move on from just being functional and we hope that this line of thought trickles down to Suzuki’s Indian subsidiary – Maruti Suzuki India Limited.
First up is the Mighty Deck concept (No, it isn’t inspired by the Mighty Ducks, although it is yellow!). Designed to serve a diverse range of usage, this little minicar comes with a canvas top and an open load deck. There is a playful air about the Mighty Deck and it is apparent that this is what Suzuki envisages to be the ultimate urban/outdoor vehicle. The concept also features an automatic raise/lower function for the open deck in order to cater to its varied use. Sure looks like a lot of fun and we really wouldn’t mind seeing this go into production!
Next up is the Air Triser (We have no idea what that means!). What we do know is that this concept is Suzuki’s definition of a minivan for the future. It is a compact minivan that boasts of three-row seating that offers something that Suzuki calls ‘Smart Seat Configurability’ which essentially means that the seats can be moved around in a number of ways that include a relaxations mode or a lounge mode! The Air Triser boasts of the latest in connectivity and a large display screen that can play rich media off your smartphone. According to Suzuki, the Air Triser has been conceived as a vehicle where people can spend time together. Makes us think that this concept has Mumbai traffic jams in mind! No seriously, a minivan like this would be great for those who wish to conduct business while on the move. Don’t waste time in traffic jams – have a business meeting instead!
We’ve seen the Ignis concept before, however this is the production version that is set to make its World Premiere at the Tokyo Motor Show. While it boasts of compact dimensions, the Ignis has a broad front, bold character lines and its stance all point towards a design that was inspired by Suzuki’s SUV range (there is a hint of the Grand Vitara in there). Suzuki has stated that the Ignis is a product that belongs to a new genre of compact crossovers and while we would have expected Suzuki to be the first mover in this segment, here in India we already have the Renault KWID! Could Maruti Suzuki fight back with the Ignis in India? We can’t confirm that, but it sure would be a battle we’d love to watch!
Suzuki will also display the Ignis-Trail concept which is touted to take the enjoyment of a compact crossover to greater heights. It boasts of larger diameter wheels, bold wheel-arch mouldings and can handle rough roads better.
Last, but not the least, Suzuki will also have on display the all new Baleno. While its presence at the Tokyo Motor Show will mark its Japanese debut, the Baleno is all set to launch in India by the end of October 2015. It is touted to be a fun hatchback designed for long journeys while offering a level of refinement and efficiency that customers of this class of car would expect.